I must say, your Cracker wank is kinda reasonable, I still do not agree with Cracker > Kata tho.
Your notion of Cracker using several formations for his defense isn't even farfetched; against Bound Man, Cracker used a formation to move forwards Bound Man's barrage of attacks since this was the best method against brawlers.
Against long ranged fighters, Cracker could use a different formation in which he can move-
Sanji fans should be proud of clashing m with CHOU KOUKU; Zoro cut the haki of an average user of FBH, and as we saw, Pica préférs to fight without swords (hence why he dropped his sword when he went FBH). Pica could match Zoro in swordsmanship but lost only due to his average potency of FBH.